Is a used 2010 MacBook Pro (13") worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by arielle0829, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. arielle0829 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2015
    I'm debating whether to get a new MacBook Pro which is quite pricey or buying a used one and I really don't want to regret this decision as I am about to start college.

    MacBook Pro, 13-inch Mid 2010, 2.4GHz, 250 GB for $350.

    Is this worth or should I get a new one?

    Any input is greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
  3. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
  4. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
  5. arielle0829 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2015
    If I get enough grad money I'll be a new one, but I don't know if that will happen. I guess $700?
  6. arielle0829 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2015
    I'm using it for college
  7. iRadio macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2013
    I have the 2010 13" 2.4 MBP. Upgraded to a Hybrid drive ages ago as I wanted more hard drive space. Also upgraded RAM to 8gb
    Im a keen photographer so use lightroom and photoshop on it, and its fine.
    Its currently on Yosemite and runs perfectly well.

    As long as you are not running anything too demanding, it should be fine. Hoping to get a few more years out of it yet!
  8. MushroomMan macrumors member


    May 31, 2015
    If possible, I would look for an i7 2011 onwards.

    This would get you:

    1. Ability to stream via Apple TV
    2. Sandy Bridge processor
    3. Upgradable to 16GB of RAM

    And should not be that much more than what you originally were spending. You may even be able to sneak into a 2012 model (non-retina) and this would give you an Ivy Bridge processor and USB 3.0 as well as only being one generation-ish behind a relatively new one processor wise.

    Always better to go brand new, but it is a lot of cash to splash.
  9. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2007
    You have to know if this MacBook can deliver what you expect from it. "College" could mean basically everything.

    If it's in a good condition then the price is fine, maybe upgrade with an SSD.
    For normal office use, programming and stuff like that it'll be fine, for more heavy CPU crunching I'd get something more powerful.
  10. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    This provides us with actually 0 information. What are you going to use it for?
  11. arielle0829 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2015
    Through using it for college I mean writing essays, taking notes, etc. Nothing too crazy because I'm an English major.
  12. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2007
    The '10 MBP can easily handle this. Just make sure it's in a good condition (espacially the battery).

    New MacBooks definitely have some advantages, but if you want to save some money just go for this MBP.
  13. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Then it should do you fine if you upgrade it to an SSD.

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